Here's another perspective from Medical Medium: "If you or someone you love have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, chances are you’ve been told that your body is attacking itself. Hearing this probably stripped you of hope that you can heal and left you feeling betrayed by your own body. Today there are countless mysterious diseases that have been labeled as autoimmune conditions. But the problem is that the concept of autoimmunity is inherently flawed and this mistaken theory only hurts you and your loved ones in the end. Surprised? When we believe our own bodies are attacking themselves, we…


Bear…invite me into the cave where silence surrounds the answers you gave.

“The cancer most likely will come back within 5 years,” the doctor told my mother, who had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It was the summer of 2004. Shock set in. Suddenly, her entire world came crashing down on her. Please, God. Please just let me see my children graduate from high school, she pleaded. Spirit, it turned out, answered her prayers after all…

Bear was Vicki’s first power animal. Bear medicine (Introspection) has remained with my mother ever since.

My mother and her soul sister Stephanie were at the Gathering of the Shamans weekend conference in Jenks Lake in the…


Me to the far left in the peacock dress. My mother, Vicki, is second to right, next to Rev. Tenzen David Zimmerman (City Center Abiding Abbot)

“If it’s painful, you become willing not just to endure it but also to let it awaken your heart and soften you. You learn to embrace it.” -Pema Chödrön

It had only been two weeks since I was in another world, so peaceful and serene you couldn’t help but to forget about the troubles of our planet. The sound of the raging stream lulled me to sleep each night and in the glow of the early morning light, the birds squawked and squirrels scampered as this remote slice of paradise came alive. It was 5:30am. As I sat on my…


Dr. Elena E. Hernandez Ramon is the Director of Pre-Medical Programs in the Office of Intramural Training and Education at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A graduate of the 2017 Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute (LPSLI), it took Dr. Ramon three times to apply for the institute until she was finally accepted. Her persistence and resilience have been critical aspects in her personal and professional development.

Dr. Ramon receiving her LPSLI certificate from facilitator Dr. Joseph Garcia

“I don’t believe in good luck. I always tell my students: this is not a matter of luck. I am very happy in my job now. I think I am making a difference and…


“We believe the key to solving the complex problems facing us now and in the future rely on the steadfast dedication and commitment to the scientific pursuit. The dismissal of inconvenient facts must end.” -Dr. Gabriel Montaño, SACNAS past-president

Michelle Barron grew up in Selma, California, a farming town in Fresno County and home to California’s largest beef producer, Harris Ranch. Michelle’s first motivation to become vegetarian was at age ten to support animal welfare. Once in college and after 11 years of following this lifestyle, she then took her commitment to animal rights one step further by becoming vegan.


Dr. Ulises Ricoy’s scientific journey began with SACNAS in 1996 as an undergraduate at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Now the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Biology at Northern New Mexico College, Dr. Ricoy took his leadership to the next level in 2016 at the Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute (LPSLI). There, he shared his inspirational story with his fellow cohort of underrepresented minority scientists.

*For Spanish translation, scroll to bottom

Dr. Ricoy receiving his 2016 LPSLI certificate. L to R: SACNAS Board member Dr. Allyn Kaufman, LPSLI co-founder Dr. Clifton Poodry, Dr. Ricoy, LPSLI co-founder Dr. Marigold Linton, and SACNAS Board member Dr. Sonia Zarate. Photo by Eben Lindsey, SACNAS Senior Program Manager, Leadership Initiatives

I get emotional sharing this because I could very easily be dead,” he says. “The fact that I’m alive, that I’m sober, that I’m a…


Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Hawaii’s tallest mountain is at the center of science vs. culture
debate. The $1.4 billion international collaboration is led by the California Institute of Technology and the University
of California. Courtesy TMT International Observatory.

By Chiara V. Cabiglio and Narrissa Spies

As PhD student Narrissa Spies glanced down at her phone to check her email, a wave of relief washed over her. In her inbox was an award notification from the Hawaii Community Foundation! Funding for her graduate program is very competitive, and this $7,500 award came within days of discovering her previous funding would be cut. The joy and excitement was short lived when she realized the scholarship funds were from the TMT THINK Fund, a program that provides scholarships to Hawaiian students majoring in STEM fields.

“My heart just dropped, because I…


Original post: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/why-organic-grass-fed-livestock-is-not-as-sustainable-as-you-might-think/

Cows are my friends ❤ Me petting cows

There exists a popular and dangerous misconception today that organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised livestock is better for the environment than factory-farmed livestock. However, the truth is that grass-fed, pasture-raised livestock actually is less sustainable than its factory-farmed counterparts.

First … What is Sustainability?

There are many definitions of sustainability. To me, it means the ability for human society to meet the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.


Written September 2011

Original story posted on the Cloud Forest School | Centro de Educación Creativa website.

One year ago, I made the decision to come to Monteverde, Costa Rica and volunteer with Cloud Forest School for a couple of months. For the past six years, I have been engaged in human rights and anti-genocide activism. I hoped that volunteering with Cloud Forest School/Centro de Educacion Creativa (CEC), a bilingual and environmental education school, would provide me with the additional knowledge and experience in order to become a more effective environmental activist. …

Chiara V. Cabiglio

🌸 MFT/PCC telehealth Trainee at Life Source 🌸 Chronic illness support 🌸 Climate-aware therapy ✨ Transpersonal ⓋPlant-based #blacklivesmatter

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